From faulty lights to unsafe seatbelts, there are so many potential problems with motor vehicles that it really pays to keep your car regularly maintained.In fact, because technology is developing fast and more electronics are being fitted into cars year-on-year, servicing is becoming both more complex and more necessary as time goes on. Last year in Britain, we spent £8.97 billion on having our motors brought up to scratch.
So check out these top reasons for having your motor serviced regularly:
Keep Your Car Fault-Free
There are two types of service:
1. An interim service every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
2. A full service every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
An interim service is meant to keep your vehicle well-maintained between full services – it’s NOT meant to replace a full service by having two interim services every year. This is because interim services don’t include key components like the coolant system, air filters, sparks plugs and throttle.
Both levels of service include important features like fluid checks, warning lights, seatbelts, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, power steering, gearbox oil, clutch operation and corrosion.
By ensuring your vehicle is serviced, you’ll avoid faults impacting on your car. You may feel invincible in large, powerful cars, such as those from Great Wall Motors, but regardless of your vehicle type, you cannot underestimate the importance of servicing.
Badly maintained cars can lead to accidents. If, for example, if your clutch has not been checked to make sure the fluid is at the correct level, you may have a problem changing gear. If you cannot change gear at a crucial moment, such as when you are crossing traffic, you could be involved in a potentially serious collision.
Safety warning lights are also checked when your car is serviced, which means they respond properly when something goes wrong or needs attention. If your warning lights fail you’ll be in the dark when something else in your car is faulty, which could put you and your passengers in danger.
The phrase “a stitch in time saves nine” is as appropriate for car maintenance as it is for sewing.
While you may have to spend money in the short term, you’ll be saving money eventually. This is because through a service, all the little things that can go wrong are checked to make sure they don’t turn into big problems later.
Properly maintained cars are also more fuel efficient, because less petrol is consumed by the engine, which means you’ll spend less cash topping up the petrol tank.
Enjoy a Full Service History
Cars and other vehicles with a full service history that show they have been cared for by previous owners are more likely to hold their value.
This means when you come to sell your car, you can expect to get more money from it than if you had not bothered.
So the lesson is: if you want your car to keep you safe and stress-free, then you need to give it some tender love and care.